Walkner wants to avoid “stupid mistakes” in final days

Matthias Walkner (AUT) of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing races during stage 09 of Rally Dakar2022 around Wadi Ad Dawasir, Saudi Arabia on January 11, 2022. Credits: Red Bull Content Pool.

Matthias Walkner is currently leading the standings in the bikes category and wants to keep his lead until the end of the 2022 Dakar Rally.

Walkner worked hard to arrive more than ready at the Dakar in 2022. Also, he admitted that he does not want to look at the gap to P2 and try to manage it. His main goal is to give 100% in every single stage remaining and achieve the best result possible.

“I’ve worked for this, to be on the top. This is our goal and in the end, I just continue to give my best and do what I and do. If it’s enough for a podium or a victory, then I’m super pumped and happy and if not, well, I cannot change it.

“I don’t prepare to handle the gaps, I just give one hundred percent every day. It’s the maximum of what I can do.”

Walkner knows that with only three days to go there is no winning strategy, but the only thing he can do is try not to lose time and avoid mistakes with navigation.

“With three days to go, there is not really any strategy, just really staying on the navigation and the roadbook, try to avoid losing so much time. There are two really long stages left, I think, and the last day is not so long, but I think it’s going to be tricky again.

“Don’t make any stupid mistakes, no crashes, and then hopefully we will arrive healthily at the finishing line. Right now, it looks like it’s going to be really, really close.”

The gap in the general standings between the top positions is extremely close, and Walkner knows it. Therefore, he states that it is fundamental to stay focused until the last second.

“It’s true that many competitors have the chance to win it or to stay on the podium. I think it’s going to be a really, really close fight, but as we know, one note or one mistake can change everything. So, we have to keep trying to be focused and looking forward.”

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